Short wave listening

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  1. WD0BCT

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    Interesting that SWL has as many ham adherents. Me too. I think it says something about ham activity...and obviously not because of poor propagation.
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  2. KK5JY

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    I have an ATS-909 that is still going strong after 20y. I use it as an alarm/radio clock. IIRC, there are two or three versions of it now. It does much better on SW with a good antenna attached.

    It's not great for hamming -- ham signals are too congested and really need a receiver with good filters, which is going to be hard to find in a portable.
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  3. WB2WIK

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    I used to be an SWL at age 11-12 then became licensed at age 13 and still SWL'd a little bit after that.

    I think it was way more interesting back then: More English language broadcasts, more international news services, not so many religious stations.

    Today, I don't find it interesting at all and have several receivers to listen with, all of which are way better than anything I had as a kid.:p

    In the 60s, Radio Moscow must have had a dozen or more transmitters, including some that were right in the 40m Novice (CW) band. They were so strong I could use them as a BFO and shut my receiver BFO off to listen to signals within 1-2 kHz of their frequencies.
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  4. AF7XI

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    I've tried the ATS- 909X but I don't remember it having WX capability. That's a feature I like on my radios too. As if I don't have enough back up/small WX radios...
  5. N4FLF

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    Started in SWL'ing back in the latter 1960's was the glory days of non-stop propaganda and mil-comms in the open. Still plenty of listening opportunities with quality programs waking each morning listening to the news from New Zealand and rock-n-roll from Romania Intl.

    Still have a rather large pirate community that is active during certain times and religious broadcasters spreading the word. Lots of survivalist and conspiracy programs even a few devoted to amateur radio. The inclusion of DRM and other digital modes used by utility stations makes for some interesting uses.

    My listening is mostly done from a modest Icom IC-718 feed by a 80m dipole or G5RV Jr.. I also use a v.3 RTL-SDR still amazed how a $20 dongle can pack so much punch it's connected to a home-brew 19m dipole for casual listening and to quickly locate signals across several bands.

    For years I've enjoyed a Grundig YB 400PE as a bedside radio it receives nightly use. Recently had the opportunity to try a SDRPlay RSP2 it's the way to go blew my proverbial doors off.
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  6. AF7XI

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    I'm listening to what sounds like a Russian news broadcast- 5850 kHz at 12AM Zulu.

    Could be Radio Slovakia.
  7. WB2WIK

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    I still have my Zenith TransOceanic from 1966! (My father had a much older one, but it's long gone somewhere.)

    But I'm sure its batteries are very dead, I haven't used it in years.

    Now that I think of it, I probably removed the batteries to assure they wouldn't leak inside the radio.
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  8. N3HGB

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    If only there was something on.................
    SW in English seems to be all religious now.
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  9. K5GTI

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    Radio Havana Cuba has some interesting programming to n English. Depending on conditions 6000khz comes in decently.
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  10. WB2WIK

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    That's mostly what I find also.

    But that's okay, I just worked Jesus. He's LU5FC and banging in on 20m right now...59++
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017
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